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03/24/09
Resumes. Relevant skills and courses
Filed under: Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 5:42 am

Suggestions were offered to a capable undergraduate
senior who came to have her resume reviewed.  She
is attending the ACS national meeting and did not
have
a clear focus on where she wished to work. 
The resume
revealed that.

First we reviewed a draft job search plan she might
consider:
-create a target company list
-develop a file system for each company
-build a network contact list and where the network
members can potentially help her make contacts to
the
targets
-place items into the file:  news stories, ads for
companies
and their competitors, key employees,
product descriptions
-contact recruiters and search firms for the particular
industry
-add business profiles, business reports for key
companies
and industries.  Look up salaries with ACS
salary
comparator and other salary tools.
-create contact and follow-up plans, sorted by date.
use social networking sites.
-create targeted resumes, after doing a
self-assessment.


We then talked about how she could ask herself
some
questions and perform a self assessment with
instruments  listed in the blogroll.

Then, we focused on her “draft resume”.  While not
perfect it was a good start.  Every first resume has
places
for improvement.  We reviewed the resume file
concept
and showed how to make her resume brief,
clear and
specific, focusing on the courses she had
completed
and techniques she listed.

Courses:  While her placement center recommended
listing all her undergraduate courses to fill in the
page,
we talked about modifying it to included
unique advanced courses which reveal a background
in
organic synthesis of medically important compounds,
structure activity profiles and advanced experimental
designs.  It is not valuable to talk about the courses
taken in the first 2 years.

Advanced skills:  While the placement center
suggested
all the methods she had used in the
various labs, we
talked about focusing on key skills
that might be used
for the compounds her target
companies might see
valuable– microscale, multi-step
synthesis and
several others.

These items seem pertinent for people at early
stages in their career looking for their first
professional
positions.

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